Your Old Droog – Packs Review

This release is a great showing for lyricists everywhere, but lacks a certain star power to help bring it back to the forefront as a skill. Your Old Droog clearly has some talent, but may want to expand his repertoire to attract more listeners.

The production is good but with a lot of unusual instrument placement. The way some of the instruments are incorporated make the beats more unique,, however do not make them more mainstream so are unlikely to make Droog a household name. A few more mainstream backings could help bring more listeners to the audience, but Droog does great on the selection here.

The lyricism is obviously incredible with Droog showcasing his abilities with amazing wordplay. Each of the verses is packed with an assortment of techniques that make the bars so entertaining for the real hip hop listener.Maybe Droog could try varying his delivery and performance, but the actual lyrics are truly amazing.

The features are good and help to flesh out this release, but they do not add a huge amount to the finish. Each does an alright job, but their main contribution is breaking up the monotony of one tone and voice. Some more variation in the guests could add another dimension to this project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable release for every listener who loves true lyricism. If you are looking for pop beats and autotune, you are definitely in the wrong place.

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt Review

This album is certainly different from others available at the moment but that may not necessarily be a good thing. The backing is much more relaxed and calm with the lyricism relying on the words and not so much on delivery and this all comes together to make an interesting listen.

The production is very laid back and provides a good base for Earl to showcase his skills. The use of instruments and sounds helps create beats that are more individual than others and make each track more enticing. The main issue is that there is not a lot of energy in each beat and it can feel like the music is not connecting to the listener. However the lyrics help bring it back as enjoyable.

The lyricism is not complex but it is powerful due to the involved nature of most of the tracks. The way the words are put together and the emotional weight they carry help make the lyrics hit harder with the listener. The delivery can come across as flat as Earl does not have a lot of variation in his performance but the words themselves are strong.

The features are good but can be difficult to distinguish from Earl. This detracts from their efforts on each song and doesn’t really show the guests in the best light. If they had been a bit more assertive then they may have stood out a bit more on thier tracks.

Overall, the album is enjoyable to listen to but not for the conventional reasons other albums recently have been enjoyed. The calmer nature of the tracks may not be for everyone but the people who do enjoy them, will enjoy them a lot.